Sex Work and Class

Gabryszewska, Maria (2014) “Sex Work and Class,” Class, Race and Corporate Power: Vol. 2: Iss. 3, Article 4.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.fiu.edu/classracecorporatepower/vol2/iss3/4

Abstract

Prostitution scandals stigmatize workers for their entire lives, but the politician involved is marred for only one news cycle. “White knight” feminists shame women for sexually catering to the patriarchy but talk from a place of economic privilege. Religious organizations engage in misguided attempts to “save” women who use the industry as a job. Exploitive policies aimed at curtailing sex work hurt the individuals who wish to practice safe sex for their own protection. In the guise of aiding sex workers, or saving them from themselves, those that would advocate for more restrictive policies ignore the ramifications of what these laws would entail.

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